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   LPE LAW, POLICY, AND ENGINEERING
Allain named inaugural LPE director
The College of Engineering, Penn State Law, and the School of International Affairs have jointly hired Sandra Allain as the inaugural director of the Law, Policy, and Engineering initiative. Under Allain’s direction, the LPE initiative will advance innovative degree programs and research collaborations that bring together Penn State’s expertise in engineering and law and policy to address societal challenges. Allain was most recently an attorney in the Office of University Counsel at the University of Illinois, where she offered legal advice in intellectual property and technology transfer matters. Allain has a broad range of experience in private practice and as in-house counsel, including more than a decade in higher education in various administrative roles. She earned her law degree from Universidad del Rosario Law School
in Colombia, and a master’s degree in education policy, organization,
and leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She will join Penn State on September 1.
First Penn State Design for Health Summit held
Faculty from the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine gathered at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center on May 17 for the
first Penn State Design for Health Summit. The one-day workshop aimed to design the future of health care by bridging the gap between the Penn State engineering and health communities and to foster new research collaborations.
Co-hosted by Scarlett Miller (above right), associate professor of engineering design, and David Han (above left), professor of surgery and radiology, the event began by highlighting an existing interdisciplinary College of Engineering and College of Medicine partnership among Miller, Han, and Jason Moore, associate professor of mechanical engineering.
     To establish additional collaborative opportunities, summit participants presented on their expertise, experience, ongoing research projects, and areas of interest Pecha Kucha- style. Each attendee submitted up to four slides, which ran for 30 seconds each during fast-pitch presentations. This high-level information was
used to set up “matches” between College of Engineering and College of Medicine faculty for three rounds of mini meetings during the afternoon session. These meetings provided faculty members with opportunities
to dive deeper into potential research collaborations.
Engineering faculty were invited to tour the College of Medicine’s Clinical Simulation Center. The 9,500-square-foot space is home to numerous state- of-the-art simulators including computer-controlled manikins, like the newborn baby seen here.
 The summit also included a tour of the College of Medicine’s Clinical Simulation Center, a 9,500 square foot dedicated simulation space with state-of-the-
art simulators, and presentations on College of Engineering facilities, the Technology Transfer Office, and potential funding opportunities available through the College of Engineering and College of Medicine. n
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